Cyber Piracy - The Law - 15 US Code § 8131
(1) In general
The below email was sent to http://www.domainwards.com/ and abuse@NameBright.com on 30 March 2015 because they are currently sitting on TroyWilkinson.com for the sole purpose of selling the name at an EXTREME profit. I currently pay $8.95 for my .com domain names. The troywilkinson.com domain is currently being offered for $995. However, the price is not what has me reeling. It is the fact that some slimeball company can come in and buy a person's name and then try to sell it. Business names are one thing, but a personal name is quite another. Our privacy is sold and our names are no longer sacred territory. It's time to make a change and make those that profit pay us back.
I have been watching the domain TroyWilkinson.com for several years and waiting for it to become available for me to purchase. Assuming the photographer that owned it up until last year would not register it again. The domain name never became ‘available’ through common/normal registration methods. Over the past several months I have been offered the domain name at prices ranging from $89 to $1995 - currently $995 USD. Which I believe to be a violation of 15 US Code § 8131 among other guidance put forth by ICANN. Therefore, I am writing you to inform you that I am prepared to file a complaint both in court (15 US Code § 8131) for litigation and with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center - 3 panelists. I began this process on 24 February 2015.
Effective immediately, I will be posting a copy of this email on my website at http://troywilkinson.net. Effective five calendar days from today I will be setting up drives on several fundraising sites to do two things; first, raise the capital to cover the expenses it will take to sue, with all excess going to a charity voted on by the donors of each fundraising site and second, to raise awareness and shed light on the problem of registering personal names by entities or persons other than the rightful possessor of a name or their legal representatives. Finally, I will be filing a complaint with congress and a posting a petition on Whitehouse.gov to bring even more awareness to this problem.
I realize this will be an expensive and time consuming endeavor, but I am upset and will do something about this since it is so personal and morally offensive.
The TroyWilkinson.com domain expires on 15 April 2015, so I fully intend to file my complaints in time to lock your business to the complaint without any grey in the matter. If the name were to find its way into another entity, I will tie that entity to the complaint also. You may contact me directly at the provided email address within TEN business days from today, Monday, 30 March 2015.
"Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change."
-- Robert F. Kennedy, 1966 Speech